The Manhattan cocktail has been a star since it appeared on the scene more than 100 years ago. But despite being enduringly popular, it’s hard to figure out the drink’s early history, including who is responsible for its iconic recipe or its name. On this episode of Life Behind Bars, we discuss the myths, legends and lore surrounding the Manhattan, including one theory that it was created for Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome. We’ll also reveal our personal recipes for the drink.
Life Behind Bars features Half Full’s editor Noah Rothbaum and its Senior Drinks Columnist David Wondrich as they discuss the greatest bartenders and greatest cocktails of all time. It won the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for the world’s best drinks podcast.
Edited by Alex Skjong